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Author Topic: Airbrushing Glide Baits, et al  (Read 185 times)

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Airbrushing Glide Baits, et al
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:00:14 PM »

For those of you who paint your own lures, how do you handle the soft plastic tails and fins that sometime come with the bait?  Soft plastic dye colors are so limited.  Will a acrylic such as Createx adhere to them?  Thanks for any suggestions here.   ~cf
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Re: Airbrushing Glide Baits, et al
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 03:30:30 PM »

Not sure we have any painters yet but Bigjim usually has some knowledge on these kinds of subjects. He's a long haul driver so give him some time to swing by.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2018, 09:36:19 PM »

With Createx being a water based acrylic paint it has to be sealed against moisture with a protective clear coat. Without the seal coat it will wash off. You may run into problems finding a clear coat that is compatible with soft plastic and allow it to remain flexible. Hope this helps. I'm sure no expert, but I do use createx paint to paint crankbaits as a hobby for myself and a few friends. 
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Re: Airbrushing Glide Baits, et al
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 07:45:46 PM »

I've seen plastics that have been air brushed, but no clue what type of paint is used. I've seen some Muskie & saltwater lures like that with the soft plastic tails. Most of them I've seen that have the soft plastics incorporated, the soft plastic can be removed, and replaced and done in one color or poured in different colors to match the paint scheme on the lure.

Wish I could give you a better answer, but really don't have a clue otherwise.  :(

I'll do some searching & ask around and see what I can find out.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 08:02:17 PM »

Thank you!  I may have a solution coming in the mail.  I'll let you know when I find out.  ~fff
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Re: Airbrushing Glide Baits, et al
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2018, 05:00:00 PM »

I asked the lure makers on a saltwater forum that I frequent, knowing that I've seen the big plastic shads that folks use for Striped bass that have had the backs painted, and the replies so far are saying the Copic Air System is what some are using. Larry Dahlberg has a video that shows him using a Copic airbrush for plastic baits.

I know several folks who are using this system for painting fly rod poppers, but wasn't aware it could be used on soft plastics.

You'll need to take the space out after the https: to make the URL work. I didn't make it live because it's a sponsored video.

https:  //youtu.be/564r_G_qUic
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2018, 12:42:38 PM »

Depending on exactly what itís made of, and what color it originally came, RIT dye might work. Basically boil some water, add dye, toss whatever you want dyed in until it becomes the color you want.
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